Ramdas Bhandarkar

Rookie - 34 Points (Madikeri)

The Winner Felt Empty, Be Empty To Be A Winner! - Poem by Ramdas Bhandarkar

After Kalinga war,
Emperor Ashoka looking at
the heap of corps,
Stream of blood,
Fell into well of deep thoughts,

What made civilians to fight for
Kalinga king? People chose to die, never liked
to live without the king!
The winner felt empty!
Even in his vast empire,
he didn't find such love of people,
This made him turn 180 degree, turn from outward to inward,
from desires of world turned to
desire to attain peace!
Sword lost it sharpness,
Words of Buddha became his
sword, To cut the roots of pain and
penury of heart!
The love the king imparted,
the love of people the king
Were his guide! When Alexander came,
Pururava taught him the
The Lion is always lion,
King of the jungle,
Whether in jungle or in a cage, 'Treat me as kIng, if not let me
fight till my death,
Dandimas words already made
his swords blunt,
The words of king made him,
Turn outward to inward, The disciple of Aristotle,
Desireless he became,
Meditating on Dandimas's words, Siddhartha's journey to became
Seeing dukha, dukha, dukha
behind every sukha
Why can't we see that in our life? Vardhamana's journey to
Adam and apple,
Made him outward,
Different story of
Newton and apple, Fall of Einstein from ladder,
turned them inward for answers, Venkataramana's fear of death,
Turned him inward,
Maharshi Ramana emerged
winning the death! Meditate on root of all causes,
Not on the branches,
Be Chanakya, to remove root of
Nothing makes one free,
Than that nothingness, Empty the pot and wash,
Before fill divine in it,
Be empty, be a winner!

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Dukha=Pain. Agony, sorrow
Sukha= comforts

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, August 19, 2012

Poem Edited: Monday, August 20, 2012

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